Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT
A community engagement project was created and implemented, comprised of two events for which the author facilitated nature-based expressive arts experiences to explore the integration of nature and expressive arts therapy. The events were offered to two different groups of community members, one for nature-curious adults held outdoors on the trails of a local conservation trust, and another for young children at a local library. The healing impact of nature connection and nature connection experiences are explored through a literature review, event methods, and the author’s personal experiences of the project via artmaking. The results include an emphasis on nature as co-facilitator or co-therapist. The contribution and potential for nature-based expressive arts therapy to address the climate crisis as a way to heal human connection with nature is highlighted. By offering opportunities for nature-connection through the arts, awareness is spread about the importance of nature and the more-than-human world.
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McCrillis, Meghan, "Healing Our Connection with Nature: An Expressive Arts Community Engagement Project" (2022). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 610.
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